moCa's 50th Anniversary Party: The New Agency

February 9, 2019 / 8:00pm


Valet Parking Available

Saturday, February 9

8pm VIP      


Tickets $25; Students (with ID) $15; VIP $75

On December 7, 1968, three fearless women—Marjorie Talalay, Nina Sundell, and Aggie Gund—opened Cleveland’s first contemporary art gallery, The New Gallery (now moCa Cleveland). The Metropolitan Scene featured 28 artists such as Andy Warhol, Claus Oldenburg, and Christo whose work brought the best in New York and LA cosmopolitan culture.


Come play, provoke, and party with The New Agency at this special 50th anniversary celebration. Cleveland doesn't need to look outside to find the metropolitan scene: we make it ourselves. Culture is being advanced right here by individuals with supreme creativity. The New Agency is a special group of experimenters, catalysts, and change-makers, who are pushing Cleveland forward right now. Designers, artists, DJs, entrepreneurs, mixologists, and more, they stimulate innovation. Come be fueled.


Hosted by Ricky Smith and Robin Sadler

House DJ Candi Fresca

With musical performances by Case Bargé, Punch Drunk Tagalongs, IN TRAINING, Mourning [A] BLKstar, Sophie Benn, and others.

Spoken word performances by Ali Black and Damien McClendon.
And special performances from Ohio Burlesque and Inlet Dance featuring Dominic Moore-Dunson.
With support from

Meet the 2019 New Agency

Adam King, Senior Associate of Marketing and Outreach, Digital C

Alexxa Gotthardt, Arts Writer and Editor

Ali Black, Poet and Youth Services Director, West Side Community House

Amanda King, Artist and Creative Director, Shooting without Bullets

April Bleakney, Artist and Principal, ApeMade

Bella Sin, Burlesque Performer, The Ohio Burlesque and Le Femme Mystique Burlesque

Case Bargé, Rapper, Co-Founder, ALOOF Recordings

Chris Garr, Director of Program Services, YouthChallenge

Chann Fowler-Spellman, The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation

Dale Heinen, Co-founder/Co-director, Border Light Festival

Damien McClendon, Poet Laureate of Cleveland Heights

Daniel Gray Kontar, Executive Director, TWELVE Literary Arts

Danielle Rini Uva, Principal, Agnes Studio

Candi Fresca, DJ

Dominic Moore-Dunson, Dancer and Choreographer, Inlet Dance Theatre

Eli Gfell, Artist and Owner, Hspace Gallery

Emily Appelbaum, Artistic Director, Ingenuity Festival

Eric Ho, Mixologist and Owner, L.B.M. Cocktail Bar

Eunyoung Park, Assistant Professor, Contemporary Art History, Case Western Reserve University

Faye HargateDirector of Community Ensembles, Cleveland Public Theatre

Glen Infante, Artist and Creative Director, iLTHY

Honey Bell-Bey, Executive and Creative Director, Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word

IN TRAINING, Queer-run recurring event series

Jacques Evans, CEO/Founder, FLOH Vodka

Jamal Collins, Designer/Educator, Creative Kids

Jessica Davis, Founder, Rebuilders Xchange

Jessica Pinsky, Executive Director, PRAXIS

Jill Vedaa, Chef/Owner, SALT

Jonathan Kurtz, Principal, JKURTZ Architects

Julia Christensen, Artist and Associate Professor of Integrated Media, Oberlin College

Kelley O’Brien, Artist and Owner, Muted Horn Gallery

Key Jo Lee, Assistant Director, Academic Outreach, Cleveland Museum of Art

Kipum Lee, Managing Director, University Hospitals Ventures

Laura Paglin, Filmmaker

Lydia Munnell, Writer and Director, Brews + Prose

M. Carmen Lane, Artist and Founder/Director, ATNSC

Mahwish Chishty, Artist and Assistant Professor of Foundations, Kent State University

Marc Lefkowitz, Interim Director, Green City, Blue Lake

Marcella Brown, Executive Director, Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation (BPACF)

Marcus Brathwaite, Artist and Fabrication Manager, Think[box]

Marika Shioiri-Clark, Architect and Principal, SOSHL Studio

Melissa Higgins-Linder, Director of Learning and Engagement, Cleveland Museum of Art

Melissa Khoury and Penny Barend, Artisan Butchers/Owners, Saucisson

Michael GillArtist and Publisher, CAN Journal

Michele J. Crawford, Architect and Project Manager, Cuyahoga Community College

Mordecai Cargill, Co-Founder/Partner, ThirdSpace Action Labs

Paul Cox, Dean of Creative Arts, Cuyahoga Community College

Peter Bode, Central Lake Erie Project Manager, WestCreek Conservancy

Punch Drunk Tagalongs, Musicians

RA Washington, Artist and Owner, Guide to Kulchur

Rafa Hernandez Brito, Bilingual Announcer, Cleveland Cavaliers

Rian Brown-Orso, Filmmaker and Associate Professor of Cinema Studies, Oberlin College

Ricky Smith, Comedian and Founder, Random Acts of Kindness (RAKE)

Robin “Bijou Star” Sadler, Radio Personality, 107.9

Sam Allard, Senior Writer, Cleveland Scene

Shemariah Arki, Artist/Educator/Founding Member, Sankofa Circle Studios

Silas Buchanan, Founder, Our Healthy Community

Sophie Benn, Musician and Artistic Director, Cleveland Uncommon Sound Project

Ted Sikora, Filmmaker